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Winter challenge: Jump into a warm, open-air mineral pool while snowing

Winter challenge: Jump into a warm, open-air mineral pool while snowing

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The challenge: Jump into a warm, open-air mineral pool while it’s snowing

There are plenty of warm, mineral pools in the open air around the world. However pleasant they may be in the summer, there is nothing like getting into one in the winter, when snowflakes are falling from the sky and you are soaking in warm, mineral water, not caring about tiny details like weather forecasts or an air temperature more suited to polar bears…

How to do it (better):

Dont forget to take a towel to dry yourself off as quickly as possible as you climb out of the pool. Also take your favorite warm drink in a thermos for pure bliss (coffee, cappuccino, tea and rum, only rum – we’re not judging).

Where to do it:

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland – The Blue Lagoon gets its name from the incredible color created by the mixture of fresh and salt water. It lies 40 km (24 mi) from the capital of Iceland – Reykjavík. The Blue Lagoon contains around 6 million liters (1.5 million gallons) of geothermal water, which renews itself naturally every 40 hours and its temperature is 37º C (98º F). Another cheaper and more tranquil option is the Myvatn Nature Baths nearby.

Japanese onsen – “onsenis a type of spring that is very common in Japan. Visit Beppu, a city on the island of Kyushu, with its Hells of Beppu– geothermal hot spots, each differently colored due to the mineral content in the water.


Source: the book “203 Travel Challenges. Travel the World. Explore Your Inner Self.”

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    This is definitely on my bucket list! So far, I knew only about Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Thanks for sharing the other one too! Nice read!

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    Love this challenge! I am hoping to go to Iceland next year and Blue Lagoon is on my list. I like the idea of taking some rum with me so that is now also added! I look forward to reading more of your travel challenges.

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    Wow. This sounds very challenging 😉
    Have you had this challenge yourself? Do you suggest doing it?

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      Yes, I’ve done it on a cold November night in a tiny natural thermal pool in a remote area in Bulgaria. With a bottle of wine and cool friends. It’s great!

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    Blue Lagoon has been on my bucketlist like forever! There are so many other places having such natural mineral pools, 2 of them in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. Ofcourse they are not as big as the ones you mentioned but known to have healing properties.

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    Anisa 5 years ago

    The Blue Lagoon is on my list, so would love to do that. This also reminds me of being in the hottub outside in Whistler Canada. When you are in the warm water, it doesn’t matter how cold it is outside!

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    Deirdre 5 years ago

    This is awesome. I would be so into the challenge! I love snow and winter and this would be so perfect!

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    what an awesome challenge at nice destination- good tips

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    It’s my favourite thing together with hotels that got heated outdoor pools! We’ve been to one hotel last December in Austria and it was such a pure bliss with a view to Austrian Alps to top it all off! 😍

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    MEGHNA MALHOTRA 5 years ago

    Sounds like something we would love to try sometime! We’d probably give it a shot in Iceland as it has long been on our bucket list!

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    Yasss definitely the Blue Lagoon. It rained when I visited, but snow would be so cool! I guess I need to visit in winter.

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    The blue lagoon is Iceland looks epic. I’m not sure I’ll ever do this. I get cold quickly but maybe I’ll do it as a bet or dare haha who knows

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